Pakistan v Australia, 1st MCC Spirit of Cricket Test, Lord's, 2nd day July 15, 2010

Aamer cleverer than I was at 18 - Wasim Akram

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Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Aamer's four-wicket haul in the first innings at Lord's has led pace legend Wasim Akram to comment that Aamer "is much cleverer than I was at 18". Aamer, a left-arm seamer like Akram has impressed since he burst on the Test scene in 2009 leading to comparisons between the two. Akram's endorsement comes as a confidence booster for the young seamer who is part of Pakistan's talented pace attack for the England tour.

"It was exciting to watch Aamer bowl so well at Lord's," Akram told AFP after Aamer finished with four wickets in the first innings. "He is a special talent and has pace, nip and can swing the ball both ways which is ideal for a paceman, and augurs well for his future."

Aamer's spell, supported by Mohammad Asif, helped Pakistan bowl Australia out for 253. Given the inexperience in their batting line-up, a lot is expected from the Pakistan seam attack, and Akram was pleased with Aamer's development.

"Aamer has got a head start and is a quick learner, so I see no reason why he can't go on to become a leading fast bowler. He is already spearheading the Pakistan pace attack and watching him bowl, everything pitched up, banging in every delivery and testing the best batsmen in the world excited me no end," Akram said.

Akram however had some technical advice for the youngster. "What I noticed at Lord's and in the series in Australia is that he bowls wide of the crease. That may help the ball to come in, but on slower tracks it won't work, so he needs to bowl closer to the stumps," Akram said.

Akram also dismissed concerns that Aamer may struggle with injuries due to wiry build. "Some people say his physique is not that of a fast bowler, but he is only 18. He can strengthen his muscles with time and I am sure he will spend more time in the gym," Akram said.

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  • faisalmalik2002 on July 18, 2010, 11:16 GMT

    Both are very best bowlers that pakistan have and ever produced the best pakistan team in my point of view

    1. Salman Butt 2. Imran Nazir/ Shauib Malik 3. Imran Farhat/ Yasir Hameed/ Saeed Anwar/ Azhar 4. Younis Khan 5. Umer Akmal 6. Shahid Afridi 7. Kamran Akmal 8. Mohmmad Aamer 9. Mohmmad Asif/ Shaub Akthar/ Mohmmad Sammi/ Rao 1o. Umer Gul / Abdul Razak/ R Afridi 11. Spiners choose one or simply select Shauib Malik abd put him on 4 th position.

    all the players from 1 to 12 should know how to bat to have a perfect team one should be 100 percent to be champions again.. i may say the best team is this one and their positions are given as well. a best Pakistan team in current situations.

  • ratee on July 16, 2010, 17:48 GMT

    He is just saying that he is cleverer than Wasim was at 18 that shows potential.

    However that does not construe the fact that he will become as great as Wasim, there are so many other variables that makes one attain the inherent potential.

    Nobody can predict whether his potential will be realized or not so its useless to go in further discussion about this subject.

  • on July 16, 2010, 14:42 GMT

    i dont aggree with wasim akram that Amiris better then him at 18. one basic differance is the physial strength. Amir needs to get much stronger in order to prolong his career. the other reason for Amir not to be successful as wasim is the captian, wasim had the good fortune of having Imran Khan with him, where Amir is struggling alone.

  • JosRoberts on July 16, 2010, 12:14 GMT

    @ AliHaydar, actually "cleverer than me" and "cleverer than I" are both wrong - it should actually be either "more clever then me" or "more clever than I was". ;-)

  • PKNKQ on July 16, 2010, 11:06 GMT

    What I find amazing is simply the fact that there are those out there who think they know better than Waseem Akram when it comes to bowling. Ignorance, quite obviously, is not always a bliss - or perhaps, it is so only for the ignorant.

    It would be interesting to see what the bowling credentials of those are, who beg to differ with the living legend himself.

  • Murtaza. on July 16, 2010, 10:02 GMT

    Wasim akram was the best bowler in cricket world no dout about taht, Wasim is right that Aamir is more talanted then him when he was 18. I am agree with Imran and Wasim that Irfan pathan at the age of 19 was better then Akram when he was 19. Akram was more out swing bowlerat 18, but Aamir can swing both ways at this stage, I want see him bowling at Indian and Pakistani wickets so we can see how good he is. I think Aamir is faster then Akram because he can bowl 150+ km/h, Akram bowled his fastest bowling during the 1990 til 1995 last time he bowled his fastest 1995 Rawalpindi test against Australians that spells were 150+km/h. As Stev Waugh said He faced one the most quikest bowling spells ever. I hop Aamir will play long time.

  • aMjaDnAqVi on July 16, 2010, 6:02 GMT

    agree with mrcruizy, our great hero is just backing the youngster, so please don't compare them, still early days, long journey ahead, i like his swing, confidence and aggressions, still remember his style after bowling tendulkar out,

  • melleck on July 16, 2010, 5:23 GMT

    Wasim praised Irfan Pathan as well but he didn't live up to the expectations. Its a kind of norm with indian quicks they burst on the scene and then flatten out after a couple of years. So I guess its not waseem's fault to praise Irfan. Waseem saw the talent in him and said so but Irfan is responsible if he didn't work hard enough and performed up to the expectations and did justice with his talent.

    My all the best wishes with Aamer I am confident that he will transform into a world class performer with the advice and guidance of good experts around him in the form of Waqar and Aaqib.

  • janbaloch on July 16, 2010, 5:06 GMT

    @ mrmonty.....brother wasim never said Irfan is clever than him....he just said irfan is good talented bowler but he gave aamir upper hand....no doubt world may not produce another wasim akram....but mohammad amir is a serious talented bowler of pakistan hope he become more lethal in the future

  • AliHaydar on July 16, 2010, 4:35 GMT

    As interesting as the discussion on Aamer is, the grammar of the title for this article on the homepage really offset it... It should be "Cleverer than I" rather than "me"; Wasim was quoted in a grammatically correct fashion, so the title should reflect that. I'm just saying, an editorial staff usually catches something like that before it hits the homepage...

  • faisalmalik2002 on July 18, 2010, 11:16 GMT

    Both are very best bowlers that pakistan have and ever produced the best pakistan team in my point of view

    1. Salman Butt 2. Imran Nazir/ Shauib Malik 3. Imran Farhat/ Yasir Hameed/ Saeed Anwar/ Azhar 4. Younis Khan 5. Umer Akmal 6. Shahid Afridi 7. Kamran Akmal 8. Mohmmad Aamer 9. Mohmmad Asif/ Shaub Akthar/ Mohmmad Sammi/ Rao 1o. Umer Gul / Abdul Razak/ R Afridi 11. Spiners choose one or simply select Shauib Malik abd put him on 4 th position.

    all the players from 1 to 12 should know how to bat to have a perfect team one should be 100 percent to be champions again.. i may say the best team is this one and their positions are given as well. a best Pakistan team in current situations.

  • ratee on July 16, 2010, 17:48 GMT

    He is just saying that he is cleverer than Wasim was at 18 that shows potential.

    However that does not construe the fact that he will become as great as Wasim, there are so many other variables that makes one attain the inherent potential.

    Nobody can predict whether his potential will be realized or not so its useless to go in further discussion about this subject.

  • on July 16, 2010, 14:42 GMT

    i dont aggree with wasim akram that Amiris better then him at 18. one basic differance is the physial strength. Amir needs to get much stronger in order to prolong his career. the other reason for Amir not to be successful as wasim is the captian, wasim had the good fortune of having Imran Khan with him, where Amir is struggling alone.

  • JosRoberts on July 16, 2010, 12:14 GMT

    @ AliHaydar, actually "cleverer than me" and "cleverer than I" are both wrong - it should actually be either "more clever then me" or "more clever than I was". ;-)

  • PKNKQ on July 16, 2010, 11:06 GMT

    What I find amazing is simply the fact that there are those out there who think they know better than Waseem Akram when it comes to bowling. Ignorance, quite obviously, is not always a bliss - or perhaps, it is so only for the ignorant.

    It would be interesting to see what the bowling credentials of those are, who beg to differ with the living legend himself.

  • Murtaza. on July 16, 2010, 10:02 GMT

    Wasim akram was the best bowler in cricket world no dout about taht, Wasim is right that Aamir is more talanted then him when he was 18. I am agree with Imran and Wasim that Irfan pathan at the age of 19 was better then Akram when he was 19. Akram was more out swing bowlerat 18, but Aamir can swing both ways at this stage, I want see him bowling at Indian and Pakistani wickets so we can see how good he is. I think Aamir is faster then Akram because he can bowl 150+ km/h, Akram bowled his fastest bowling during the 1990 til 1995 last time he bowled his fastest 1995 Rawalpindi test against Australians that spells were 150+km/h. As Stev Waugh said He faced one the most quikest bowling spells ever. I hop Aamir will play long time.

  • aMjaDnAqVi on July 16, 2010, 6:02 GMT

    agree with mrcruizy, our great hero is just backing the youngster, so please don't compare them, still early days, long journey ahead, i like his swing, confidence and aggressions, still remember his style after bowling tendulkar out,

  • melleck on July 16, 2010, 5:23 GMT

    Wasim praised Irfan Pathan as well but he didn't live up to the expectations. Its a kind of norm with indian quicks they burst on the scene and then flatten out after a couple of years. So I guess its not waseem's fault to praise Irfan. Waseem saw the talent in him and said so but Irfan is responsible if he didn't work hard enough and performed up to the expectations and did justice with his talent.

    My all the best wishes with Aamer I am confident that he will transform into a world class performer with the advice and guidance of good experts around him in the form of Waqar and Aaqib.

  • janbaloch on July 16, 2010, 5:06 GMT

    @ mrmonty.....brother wasim never said Irfan is clever than him....he just said irfan is good talented bowler but he gave aamir upper hand....no doubt world may not produce another wasim akram....but mohammad amir is a serious talented bowler of pakistan hope he become more lethal in the future

  • AliHaydar on July 16, 2010, 4:35 GMT

    As interesting as the discussion on Aamer is, the grammar of the title for this article on the homepage really offset it... It should be "Cleverer than I" rather than "me"; Wasim was quoted in a grammatically correct fashion, so the title should reflect that. I'm just saying, an editorial staff usually catches something like that before it hits the homepage...

  • kirangupta on July 16, 2010, 3:58 GMT

    I agree Aamer is a great bowler for 18

  • bharath74 on July 16, 2010, 3:46 GMT

    Wasim was a bit generous, Aamir is nowhere close to Wasim. Wasim Akram is a legend, if Aamir is half as good as Wasim Akram, i guess he will be successful (provided he will stop the antics of running into the batsman he got out).

  • hamzah_Muhammad on July 16, 2010, 2:59 GMT

    hi guys...aamar is only 18 ...so give him some time... n also there is a reason why wasim is talking about him

  • on July 16, 2010, 1:43 GMT

    Still early days for Amir ! Great akram should not flatter amir as we have witnessed young pakistani stars deviating from professionalism just after quick stardom. Even then if you have a wasim akram recommendation, you are upto something. Good luck Amir & Pakistan !

  • Molu14 on July 16, 2010, 1:03 GMT

    Don't take Wasim so seriously...he clearly admires the young lad's apparent talent and is just giving his countryman some encouragement.

  • Desihungama on July 16, 2010, 1:00 GMT

    MSDonLSD - Actually what you said/wished was all true some 63 years back. British dare I say, saw it coming and rest is history.

  • on July 16, 2010, 0:10 GMT

    Irfan's gone cuz he forgot he was a bowler, ishant's out of the scene cuz he's forgotten the basics...the point wasim makes is always right, his observations are always right, the problem comes when the bowlers he identifies stop working hard, and that's the other point he ALWAYS stresses on, wasim wasn't great JUST because of his talent, he was great cuz he worked hard all the time to improve himself. Amir is a already a hard-worker and with waqar as the coach i don't see him getting any slack. So the signs are good, hopefully he'll turn out to be a good, strong bowler for us now and in the future!

  • topspeed55 on July 15, 2010, 23:52 GMT

    What a confidence booster from Akram for a young kid. He is a good talent no doubt for sure and his attitude to make a difference when it matters most is adding to his confidence. A message for batsmen, You better take this kid seriously or he can surprise you at will.

  • Awesom on July 15, 2010, 22:26 GMT

    No doubt he has talent and he might be better and clever than wasim in t20 and one day but if you talk about genuine test cricket , i am afraid he will be another mohd sami with avg of 40+ , if aamir really wana consider him self among pakistan greats then he has to perform at test level .... every body know Mohd Asif is pak best fast bowler though he is not as impressive in stupid T20 or even ODIs ...so Aamir keep it up and try to focus on more Test ...

  • hmia1001 on July 15, 2010, 21:47 GMT

    You might be right wasim, aamer is more clever thah you were because he has you as a role model!!!; BUT I am afraid you did not have any!!!....

  • BoonBoom on July 15, 2010, 21:44 GMT

    Aamer may have talent like Wasim but surely he doesn't have an Imran Khan around him who could polish his talent as Imran did for Wasim. Secondly, Aamer's figures so far do not justify Wasim's statement that he has more talent or he is cleverer than Wasim was at 18. Thirdly, Aamer doesn't even know who to behave, how to celebrate and how to speak - these etiquettes are very important for growth and progress in any field, let alone cricket. There is an old saying...."Your attitude will determine your altitude" and Aamer plus all young players in Pak team need rigorous lessons to lean all social norms needed for any international sportsman. Unfortunately, all these young players have come from very mediocre and illiterate background and mostly bring bad name to Pakistan for their on and off the field activities.

  • on July 15, 2010, 20:22 GMT

    Wasim I think just gave some encouragement to aamir we all know about wasim and his career and I think aamir won't last for long he would have a back problem in future cuz of his bowling action

  • McGorium on July 15, 2010, 20:04 GMT

    @mrcruizy: I think the Irfan reference was to Irfan Khan Pathan not Mohammad Irfan. Wasim had indeed made similar comments about the former (can't recall any being made about the latter). But I partially agree with you: All Wasim and Imran had said that he had the potential. Later, he lost swing, then pace, then both. Not sure if it was due to Greg Chappell using him as a batsman, or just lack of form. He's not particularly quick (low 130s) and struggles on flat subcontinent wickets (he did well the last time India toured Aus, in 2007-08. He played a role in India's win in the Perth match, and winning the ODI series). Finally, though, it's up to Irfan to deliver on his potential; Wasim is not a fortune teller. Wasim also had high praise for Ishant Sharma during the same tour of Aus. Basically, he seems to be the encouraging type. As opposed to Jeff Thompson who has nothing good to say about Ponting's captaincy or Watson's bowling. I think most people would prefer the former attitude.

  • mrmonty on July 15, 2010, 20:01 GMT

    With all due respect Wasim, you had said the exact same thing about Irfan Pathan. Look where he is now. Don't try to ride his coat tails and don't jinx this lad.

  • on July 15, 2010, 19:28 GMT

    We're blessed with bowlers but cricket being a team game comprises of batters bowlers and fielder and not bowlers only. You can't win matches on bowlers only!

  • on July 15, 2010, 19:03 GMT

    Come on waseem are you kidding?Muhammad Amir is no where near you in talent.Look at his average it is in mid 40's and strike rate is also very ordinary in tests.He has talent no doubt but not like Waseem Akram great.I can see another Muhammad Sami in it (with average above 50 in tests).He will be good in t20's and ODI's but not in tests.

  • on July 15, 2010, 18:59 GMT

    .... but Akram was way faster than Aamir. With all due respect to Amir's fan (I am also one), Amir is a fast medium at best!

  • knowledge_eater on July 15, 2010, 18:39 GMT

    You are being too goody goody Wasim Akram, I still don't think there will be another Akram. Aamer still wastes lot of energy while bowling. He still looks like he is trying too hard. Assuming he is young, I will give him 5 years, after 5 years if he manages to bowl with least amount of energy like Wasim, I will say he has opportunity to stand with him.He is new, batsman are still reading him, however, in future, once good batsman reads him well,he is going to go for runs.For that just like Wasim he needs to start become wiser, being wiser at that time is more important than right now. Best example I can give Zak, when he debuted his only devastating bowls were inswinging yorkers. He went for many many runs when he use to bowl to right handers. He came back strong and today we all know he has many more weapons than yorker. If Aamer plays as much matches as Wasim and come up with varieties than I will start praising. Good Luck keep playing more Cricket. Wasim: 916 Aamer: 46 reach there

  • jani_nasir on July 15, 2010, 18:36 GMT

    Can't agree with you more MSdonLSD. However I think just the fact that Indians idolize cricketers that are primarily great batsmen like Tendlya and Sunny kinda forces more batting talent out of India, where in Pakistan we mostly idolize speed demons. On a separate point I think it was Shoaib Akhtar that broke that mentoring chain and failed to pass on his experience to the youngsters properly. Waqar and Wasim actually have done and are still doing a good job at it.

  • CaptainMurugan on July 15, 2010, 18:23 GMT

    @ganny67 , I dont think Akram was being honest about Ishant :P . He was simply being nice to the indian bowler back then.

  • on July 15, 2010, 17:48 GMT

    i hope amir will not spoiled by politics and bad society

  • on July 15, 2010, 17:32 GMT

    he can also reverse swing the ball and swing it both ways. Wasim couldn't do it until he was in his 20's

  • mrcruizy on July 15, 2010, 16:32 GMT

    to SuperTechnique: dude i assume u r talking about IRFAN PATHAN. well if this is the case then let me remind u that Irfan WAS no doubt the best left arm bowler at that time far much more better than zaheer khan and the aging Vas. but thats INDIA's problem that they made him more of a batsman.i remember he used to come at number 3 and he opned the inings a few times. now dig this dude. a fast bowler.used as a batsman.an opener.at a 1 down position?? r u kidding me ? thts how u nurtur ur best fast bowler? AND if u r talking about the IRFAN, the new fast pakistani bowler about to come on scene, then mate he didn even make his debut because we already have established bolwers i.e. gul, asif and amir.who do u expect to drop for a debutant when u already have two to three new players in the squad? do we need bowlers?no sir we need batsmen and these guys azhar and umar amir certainly are the best of lot.. now about AANMIR. dude THE KING SPOKE MAN. PERIOD. no more. its the end of arguemnt here

  • Arnold_007 on July 15, 2010, 16:04 GMT

    " MSDonLSD Aamer is amazing no doubt! I fail to understan why India cannot produce such talent."

    The structure of street cricket in Pakistan is one main reason to produce the good fast bowler.. In Pakistan kids start play cricket on road with "Tape tennis" ball. if you have good speed then its really hard to play fast short pitch deliveries and most the guys also swing in air.

    I play here in US with Indian friends they play heavy tennis ball.. that ball has less bounce and speed so its easy to play fast bowler.. other hand you can spin a lot that ball (but tape tennis spin less)..

    My conclusion the street cricket structure (tape tennis on road) is one of the major factor

  • Tridev979 on July 15, 2010, 15:48 GMT

    The world has already seen that Pakistan is the house of raw talent especially when in comes to top quality fast bowling.Pakistani fast bowlers are indeed very exciting to watch and when they are in full flow,they can just toy with the best of batsmen around.Mohammad Aamer is the next man to watch out for along with Rohit Sharma and David Warner at the international stage in the times to come.He just learns things so quickly and has a big heart.Can anyone just forget that five-wicket last over against the Oz in the T-20 WC?Time will tell what Aamer is upto.....

  • on July 15, 2010, 15:13 GMT

    Pakistan is blessed with bowlers but it's a batsman's game as they say.Poor and dismal Pakistan batting will lead nowhere!

  • usman_nile1994 on July 15, 2010, 14:36 GMT

    Unless Pak's batsmen do not play well his great talent could not be utilized. Lets just hope Younis Yousuf will come back. I m 100% show Pak will win afterwards as they would have both great batsmen and bowlers

  • kaiser1 on July 15, 2010, 14:11 GMT

    I hope he doesn't get carried away from praises he gets. But in this test I think Imran Farhat is a total waste. Yasser Haseed should have been picked and Fawad Alam should have3 been in the team. But bets of luck for the rest of the series and second innings as well.

  • aahd81 on July 15, 2010, 13:59 GMT

    @ Vadapalli Adithya: great point.

  • on July 15, 2010, 13:30 GMT

    Wish Akram had not made this comment - already Aamer looks like a fine talent who might go awry due to lack or role models in the team. He is young and a long way to go and it takes a very humble and tough attitude to sustain one's career for 12-14 years.

  • SnowSnake on July 15, 2010, 12:08 GMT

    While Amer is a great bowler. It is too early to say anything about his skills. Batting from both sides is very bad, which may make bowlers look really good.

  • on July 15, 2010, 11:54 GMT

    I wonder why Abdul Razaq, Misbah-ul-haq and Shoaib Malik are not playing. Pakistan need improvement in their batting. I really misses Saeed Anwar and Amir sohail opening batting. Since they left Pakistan alway struggle in batting specially with openers. Salman butt is very good player indeed.

  • Badreshian on July 15, 2010, 11:40 GMT

    This is great encouragement from a legend but hope Amir not slip by words. I wish he work hard and taking good care of his physical fitness. Umar Akmal should also concentrate only on cricktet and leave other politics etc.. I wish we see another wasim and may be lara....

  • SuperTechnique on July 15, 2010, 11:38 GMT

    Aamer is good fast bowler. But lets not by Akrams statement, Akram and Imran Khan made a similar statement about Irfan that he was more mature than Wasim at 19 . Look where he is now

  • Adeel-17 on July 15, 2010, 11:27 GMT

    good boy Aamir... .....................................................

  • on July 15, 2010, 11:24 GMT

    It is quite amazing how Pakistan produces raw talent...But, I am not sure if they utilize it well. Imran was great bec, not only did he bowl well, he nurtured Wasim and Waqar into legends. I am afraid, wasim and waqar didn't give back Pakistan anything. Similarly, Javed Miandad nurtured Inzy and Inzy didn't nurture anyone. That is why Pak cricket has hit a low!

  • ganny67 on July 15, 2010, 10:53 GMT

    These comments resemble the ones he has said about Ishant sharma!!! Where is Ishant sharma now???? He is still bowling or going to get hammered by Srilankans

  • on July 15, 2010, 9:46 GMT

    He is a serious talent, his attitude and dedication towards game will decide how long he will stay on arena.

  • ayaz_mewati on July 15, 2010, 9:44 GMT

    He is no doubt another very talented fast bowler produced by Pakistan.. I hope he doesn't faces fitness problems and also not give more importance to the T20 version. I would like to see him as a wicket taking & attacking bowler in Tests, rather than in T20s. So, please Amir don't change your bowling style for the shorter format (like Gul).. Pakistan needs you more in Tests..

  • on July 15, 2010, 9:20 GMT

    just luv ammer!!!!!! especially his cool attitude, never seen him under pressure....keep up the good work boy!!!!

  • on July 15, 2010, 8:47 GMT

    Epic bowler is Epic... nuff said ;-)

  • on July 15, 2010, 8:43 GMT

    Test Cricket played by Pakistanis is the most stupid way to play cricket.Waqar Yunis and Afridi being very aggressive and not teaching this to their players then they both should be fired because all they are doing is saving their own job and not teaching to kids how to be aggressive so bowlers don't get upper hand.

    You should never be a defensive player, if you don't attack the ball then not only the ball will attack you but all the fielders will also attack you. Play like Afridi, Umar Akmal, Michael Hussy and Watson, Katich, Butt, Amir or you must get out of the International cricket. You have no place in cricket if you do not have aggressive ideas to play. Plan o hit a boundary on every ball but you stop or defend at last second if the ball is difficult to hit a boundary. There is no need to practice hitting sixes at all unless you are sure you will make it over the boundary line.

  • Chris_P on July 15, 2010, 8:06 GMT

    Wasim, I saw you playing when you were 18. You were awesome then! Let's wait a few years and to see if he is anywhere the standard you set. It's always good to see promising fast bowlers come along, I hope his development isn't impeded by dead pitches of the subcontinent which are designed to inflate batsmen's averages and cut short promising fast bowling careers.

  • on July 15, 2010, 7:36 GMT

    The future of Pakistan only lies in the hands of Pakistan. Use him well, give him rest when needed, and don't put pressure on him, this way his chances for staying in the team for a long term well hopefully get stronger!

  • on July 15, 2010, 7:16 GMT

    A special talent for sure, i hope he plays for atleast 10 years.

  • MSDonLSD on July 15, 2010, 7:04 GMT

    Aamer is amazing no doubt! I fail to understan why India cannot produce such talent. I think we might need to start an immigration policy like England did to get SA batting talents India could so easily do to get Pakistani bowling talents. Ya right! like thats goiong to ever happen! not in a million years! for now lets just wish for India and Pakistan to play in each others backyards atleast, god how i miss them or us playing in Banglore or Karachi! Stupid politics has ruined cricket rivalries!

  • on July 15, 2010, 6:54 GMT

    yeah thtz great ... the talent of Pakistan is bursting out on da scene !

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  • on July 15, 2010, 6:54 GMT

    yeah thtz great ... the talent of Pakistan is bursting out on da scene !

  • MSDonLSD on July 15, 2010, 7:04 GMT

    Aamer is amazing no doubt! I fail to understan why India cannot produce such talent. I think we might need to start an immigration policy like England did to get SA batting talents India could so easily do to get Pakistani bowling talents. Ya right! like thats goiong to ever happen! not in a million years! for now lets just wish for India and Pakistan to play in each others backyards atleast, god how i miss them or us playing in Banglore or Karachi! Stupid politics has ruined cricket rivalries!

  • on July 15, 2010, 7:16 GMT

    A special talent for sure, i hope he plays for atleast 10 years.

  • on July 15, 2010, 7:36 GMT

    The future of Pakistan only lies in the hands of Pakistan. Use him well, give him rest when needed, and don't put pressure on him, this way his chances for staying in the team for a long term well hopefully get stronger!

  • Chris_P on July 15, 2010, 8:06 GMT

    Wasim, I saw you playing when you were 18. You were awesome then! Let's wait a few years and to see if he is anywhere the standard you set. It's always good to see promising fast bowlers come along, I hope his development isn't impeded by dead pitches of the subcontinent which are designed to inflate batsmen's averages and cut short promising fast bowling careers.

  • on July 15, 2010, 8:43 GMT

    Test Cricket played by Pakistanis is the most stupid way to play cricket.Waqar Yunis and Afridi being very aggressive and not teaching this to their players then they both should be fired because all they are doing is saving their own job and not teaching to kids how to be aggressive so bowlers don't get upper hand.

    You should never be a defensive player, if you don't attack the ball then not only the ball will attack you but all the fielders will also attack you. Play like Afridi, Umar Akmal, Michael Hussy and Watson, Katich, Butt, Amir or you must get out of the International cricket. You have no place in cricket if you do not have aggressive ideas to play. Plan o hit a boundary on every ball but you stop or defend at last second if the ball is difficult to hit a boundary. There is no need to practice hitting sixes at all unless you are sure you will make it over the boundary line.

  • on July 15, 2010, 8:47 GMT

    Epic bowler is Epic... nuff said ;-)

  • on July 15, 2010, 9:20 GMT

    just luv ammer!!!!!! especially his cool attitude, never seen him under pressure....keep up the good work boy!!!!

  • ayaz_mewati on July 15, 2010, 9:44 GMT

    He is no doubt another very talented fast bowler produced by Pakistan.. I hope he doesn't faces fitness problems and also not give more importance to the T20 version. I would like to see him as a wicket taking & attacking bowler in Tests, rather than in T20s. So, please Amir don't change your bowling style for the shorter format (like Gul).. Pakistan needs you more in Tests..

  • on July 15, 2010, 9:46 GMT

    He is a serious talent, his attitude and dedication towards game will decide how long he will stay on arena.